If India is the land of culture, then Rajasthan is perhaps the best place that exemplifies this. Filled with colours and heritage, the state transports you to a different era- Rajasthan’s old-world charms come alive through the heritage mansions, forts and beautiful streets.
While personalising our Rajasthan Tour Packages for our clients, we at Flying Squirrel Holidays ensure that your holiday is filled with a variety of experiences to make the trip as memorable as possible. A well-planned Rajasthan Tour is key to having a great vacation here!
Rajasthan tours and experiences usually cover the following:
A Taste of Royalty
Rajasthan literally means the ‘Land of the Rulers’ and the countless forts, palaces and museums in the state attract millions of visitors every year. They are beautifully detailed, with carvings and paintings made of gold. Palaces such as the Amer Fort are decorated with stunning meenakari works. Elements like the Jharoka Windows and Step Wells recur throughout the state offering a peek back in history. Guided walking tours are a much-loved way to explore these heritage structures.
The Amer Fort, locally called the Amer Kila, is a red sandstone edifice straight out of a fairytale. It is located around 11 kilometres outside Jaipur in the town of Amer. The walk up to the fort is rugged and difficult, and the romance and beauty that the palace exudes stands in sharp contrast.
A unique mixture of Hindu and Mughal styles, the walls of the Amer Fort are decorated with stunning minakari work. The stunning Hall of Mirrors, called Sheesh Mahal, is located inside the Amer Fort.
The opulent Junagarh Fort in Bikaner is one of the longest standing palaces in India. Unlike other palaces, it is not built on a hilltop, suggesting that it aimed for luxury rather than defence.
The Fort houses many beautiful palaces, including the Badal Mahal, the Hawa Mahal, the Anup Mahal and the Vikram Vilas. Anup Mahal showcases stunning usta artwork from the Mughals, while Vikram Vilas has European elements.
The Bundi Palace in Bundi is another fascinating palace. Described by Rudyard Kipling to have been made by “goblins rather than humans”, the once glimmering structure is now a ruin. However, the baolis (stepped wells) are a treat for history lovers, and the stunning artwork displayed is made of real gold. The huge elephant statues at the entrance are iconic.
It is hard to make a Rajasthan Tour Plan without including its stately palaces. The palaces of the state represent its history and culture, and exploring and absorbing their grandness is delightful.
40 per cent of Rajasthan’s population lives in the Thar Desert and contrary to what people think, the desert part of Rajasthan is no less colourful than its palaces.
Jaisalmer is the most popular place to enjoy the charms of the Thar. It is fondly called the “Golden City” and many desert safaris operate in the area allowing one to explore the dunes and the rich culture of its neighbouring villages.
Quad biking and jeep safaris are the best ways to explore Jaisalmer’s sand dunes, which sometimes are as high as two floors! As part of the safari, guests enjoy traditional songs, dance and food and camp in the middle of the desert in luxurious tents. These safaris are a great way to appreciate the beauty of the desert.
Rajasthan’s cuisine is distinct owing to its history and climatic conditions. The scarcity of water means that the ‘thalis’ or platters do not have a lot of fruits and green vegetables, but the state’s history of royalty ensures that there is a never-ending variety of dishes on the menu.
Though vegetarian options are more common in Rajasthan cuisine, the meat curries are also well-loved. The ‘laal maas’ is a spicy, flavourful tomato-based meat curry while the ‘mohan maas’ is a more delicate curry of milk and dried fruits with meat.
Rajasthani cuisine is a delight for vegetarians. The traditional ‘dal-baati-churma’ is a three-element dish- fried or roasted wheat dumplings dunked in ghee, a spicy lentil soup and the sweet wheat churma. ‘Besan ki kadi’ is perhaps the most popular curry from the state.
It is a spicy and delicious curry made of gram flour. Another gram flour delicacy is ‘gatte ki curry’. The ‘mirchi vada’, a popular fried street snack, is spicy and hot.
Desserts in Rajasthani cuisine are its crowning glory. The crispy ghewar is one of the most popular dishes, especially loved during winters. Other items include moong dal halwa, almond halwa, balushahi and gujia.
There are countless restaurants in the state that sell traditional platters, so be sure to dig in!
Rajasthan’s varied topography is home to a myriad of rare flora and fauna. The deserts in Jaisalmer and Jodhpur, the wetlands of Bharatpur, the hilly terrain of Mount Abu to the dry forests of the Aravalis all house distinct species and exploring them is one of the most satisfying things to do on a Rajasthan trip.
There are many well-known wildlife sanctuaries and national parks in the state. Ranthambore National Park is one of the premier tiger reserves of the country, located in the Sawai Madhopur district of Rajasthan. Apart from a large number of tigers, the park is also home to sloth bears, leopards, jackals, chitals, nilgai, macaque and the Indian wolf.
Another famous tiger reserve in the state is the Sariska Tiger Reserve. The mountains, grasslands, and deciduous forests inside the reserve provide shelter to countless species, including the Bengal Tiger, hyenas, sambal, chital, nilgai and wild boar. Sariska also sees a lot of birds including peafowl, grey partridge, bush quail, crescent serpent eagle and the horned owl.
One of Asia’s best birding areas, the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary sees countless residents and migratory birds. The park has now been renamed the Keoladeo Ghana National Park. Birds such as pelicans, geese, ducks, eagles, hawks, shanks, warblers and wagtails can be found here.
The rare Siberian Crane also migrates to the sanctuary annually. Apart from birds, the park also has a large number of mammals, including golden jackal, nilgai, sambal and blackbuck.
Rajasthan’s diverse landscape houses many rare flora and fauna and exploring the species is an integral part of exploring the state’s culture. The many national parks operate well-guided safaris to sight the fauna in their natural habitat. The many resorts around the parks allow you to explore the wildlife in utter comfort.
Due to its shortage of water, a lot of man-made lakes dot the cities of Rajasthan. Aside from being useful, the lakes are also mesmerising and draw a large number of tourists every year.
Udaipur, being the ‘City of Lakes’, is surrounded by many lakes. Lake Pichola is one of the most visited lakes in the state, and it stuns visitors with incredible views of the sunrise and the sunset. It is flanked by islands, temples, mansions and restaurants. The famous heritage hotel- Taj Lake Palace- sits in the middle of the lake on the Jag Nivas island.
The Gul Mahal on the Jag Mandir island is said to have inspired the Taj Mahal while the Arsi Vilas island houses a bird sanctuary. Make sure to enjoy a boat ride on the lake and marvel at the ornate bridges.
Another stunning lake in Udaipur is the Fateh Sagar Lake. Its clear, turquoise waters are surrounded by the Aravali Hills on three sides, making it incredibly picturesque. There are three islands on the lake offering fun activities, the largest housing Nehru Park which is a favourite picnic destination. The zoo and the boat-shaped restaurant in Nehru Park are great for family outings.
A slightly different experience awaits visitors at the Sambhar Lake, a saline wetland outside Jaipur. Encircled by the Aravali Hills, the surrounding area is a mixture of salt and sand, making it look white. The lake is also a great place for bird watching- it is a breeding place for flamingos and every winter other species migrate from as far as Serbia. The cenotaphs around the lake are striking, and the sunset views from the top are stunning!
The sole hill station of the state, Mount Abu, lies near the Gujarat-Rajasthan border. Apart from its splendid natural beauty, it is also an important pilgrim site.
The Dilwara Jain Temple in Abu is stunning and ornate- its marble carvings, intricate details and sculptures attract a lot of visitors. It is as famous among religious travellers as it is among art enthusiasts. The Nakki Lake is a clear water body and watching the hues of the sky reflect on it is fascinating. The Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary has a large leopard population. Trevor’s Tank is a manmade crocodile breeding spot that is popular among tourists. Bird watching is also a well-loved activity here.
Mount Abu is a popular honeymoon destination in Rajasthan. The sunset point affords gorgeous views and unique rock formations, like Toad’s Rock, are interesting.
To get a true taste of the Thar Desert, one must visit the Golden City of Jaisalmer. Its many forts and palaces are stunning, but it is even more popular for its desert safaris. There are many organisations that conduct safaris in the desert where you can enjoy dune bashing and even camping under the stars. Visitors also enjoy exhilarating sports like quad biking and paragliding over the dunes.
Known as the Pink City after the dominant colour theme in its buildings, Jaipur is rosy and romantic. The glorious Hawa Mahal, made entirely of red and pink sandstone, features a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. Near the Hawa Mahal is the City Palace, which is a favourite of history lovers. The Jantar Mantar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, holds the largest sundial in the world. The aarti in Birla Mandir every evening sees a lot of visitors and is a moving experience. The street stalls of the city sell some delicious local snacks including the Mirchi Vada, so make sure to try them out!
Pushkar is a vibrant, colourful place known the world over for its annual camel fair held in October and November. At other times of the year, the Pushkar Lake draws a lot of travellers. The hot air balloon rides are extremely popular here and the many rooftop cafes offer stunning views and scrumptious food. One of the very few Brahma Temples is in Pushkar, making it a sacred pilgrim destination. The colourful town has retained its traditions, making it loved by photographers.
The City of Lakes is fondly called the Venice of India. Its lakes are absolutely stunning, and the palaces and forts surrounding them exude romantic charms. The heritage hotels here are some of the best in the country. Boating on its lakes is a well-loved activity!
Visit the countless palaces and forts and soak in their grandeur and history
Visit the Thar Desert and witness the majestic sand dunes
Shop for local attires at Johari Bazaar, Jaipur
Have a course at the mock traditional village of Choki Dhani in Jaipur
Go on a wildlife safari in the National Parks
Take in the quiet beauty of Mount Abu
Rajasthan is filled with unique forts, but the most fascinating of them all is the Bhangarh Fort. Located near the Sariska Tiger Reserve, the fort is rumoured to see the highest number of paranormal activities in India. Visitors are not allowed to stay inside the premises after sunset and before sunrise, and the lack of electricity contributes to the eeriness of the fort. Be sure to read up on the stories surrounding the fort before visiting it. Haunted or not, the ruins are marvellous!
Chittorgarh, or Chittor, is the birthplace of some of the most valiant figures in Indian history, like Rana Kumbha and Maharana Pratap, and is symbolic of Rajput valour. The Fort was the site of the Jauhar of Rani Padmini, in which countless Rajput women willing walked into a funeral pyre in order to avoid enslavement or rape by Allauddin Khilji. The Rana Kumbha Palace, Padmini Palace, Meera Temple and Fateh Prakash Palace all tell stories of the glorious Rajput history. No Rajasthan trip is complete without visiting Chittor and seeing first hand the well-preserved stories of valour.
One of the biggest parks in India, Ranthambore was historically the hunting ground of the kings. However, it has since become one of the premier wildlife sanctuaries in the country and has a bustling population of the countless mammals, reptiles and birds including Bengal Tiger, sloth bears, leopards, chitals, marsh crocodiles and a variety of eagles. The Ranthambore Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated inside the park. It is a stupendous structure and offers stunning views of the park. The Rajasthani elements in its architecture are lucid here- lots of wells and water tanks can be found in the fort, and the towering domes and pillars and stone pathways house several temples. Ranthambore is a delight for wildlife lovers, history enthusiasts and photographers!
The Ajmer Dargah is the holiest site for Muslims in India and is the shrine for Khwaja Moin-ud-din Chishti, a revered Sufi Saint from Persia. The Khwaja’s teachings were secular, and the Dargah is even open to people outside Islam. The Dargah is an immensely peaceful site. It is recommended to take a guide to understand all its beautiful intricacies. Be sure to dress appropriately and respectfully!
We at Flying Squirrel Holidays help craft your Rajasthan Tour Packages. With its incredible history and culture, there are a lot of Rajasthan Tour Places to explore. Rajasthan may be grand, but there are a lot of budget Rajasthan Tour Packages options to choose from.
The following are sample Rajasthan Tour Packages:
Royal Rajasthan: 9 Nights 10 Days
Sand Dunes in Rajasthan: 5 Nights 6 Days
Rajasthan budget tour: 4 Nights 5 Days
Royal Rajasthan [Please note that this is a sample itinerary. We specialise in personalising your Rajasthan Tour Package for you]
Day 1Arrive in Jaipur and check in to your stay. In the evening, visit the Hawa Mahal and then move on to Choki Dhani for a taste of traditional Rajasthani culture.
Day 2After breakfast, drive towards Bikaner. Explore the forts and have an early night.
Day 3We leave for Jaisalmer after breakfast. Catch the sunset on the Junagarh Fort and have a hearty dinner.
Day 4Day 4 is spent exploring Jaisalmer. We visit the Sam Sand Dunes and indulge in quad biking and paragliding. Go back to the hotel for dinner.
Day 5Travel from Jaisalmer to Jodhpur. Spend the day exploring the stunning city. Visit the Mehrangarh Fort and spend the evening at the Umaid Bhawan Palace.
Day 6Spend a relaxed day in Udaipur visiting the Mandore Gardens and boating on the Kailana Lake. Spend the evening shopping near the Clock Tower.
Day 7After breakfast, depart for Udaipur. Visit the stunning Lake Pichola enjoy a lunch picnic overlooking its stunning palaces. Spend a peaceful afternoon in the beautiful gardens of Saheliyon Ki Badi! Go back to the hotel for dinner.
Day 8Travel back to Jaipur in the morning. Spend the day leisurely exploring the markets at Johari Bazaar.
Day 9Day 9 is for exploring Jaipur- visit the City Palace and the Amer Palace to end your Rajasthan trip with the best!
Day 10After breakfast, start for the airport to return home.
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Cost of a trip depends on places you plan to visit, the duration of the stay, the class of travel and accommodation and the inclusions you seek. We have years of experience in conducting the tours. Let us at Flying Squirrel Holidays get the best deal for you.
What is the best time to visit Rajasthan?
The best time to explore the royal culture and heritage of Rajasthan is between November and February.
Which is the most beautiful place in Rajasthan?
There are several beautiful places in Rajasthan but some of the most popular cities of Rajasthan include Udaipur, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, and Bikaner.
What is the must-try food in Rajasthan?
Don’t miss the Daal Baati Churma, Laal Maans, Ker Sangri, and Onion kachori in Rajasthan.
The state of Rajasthan offers so much. The romantic palaces and forts preserve its rich heritage, while the lakes and the hill stations are bestowed with natural beauty. Home to the Bengal Tiger, the Sloth Bear and the Marsh Crocodile, safaris are a must in Rajasthan. The state is also great for shopping, and local bazaars sell traditional textiles like leheriya, vibrant jooti sandals, and intricate jewelery. A visit to the Land of the Rulers will stay etched in your mind for a long time.
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